Dear Wei Ling Chua,
I am writing as Joseph Morris, now wearing the “hat” of director of the Morris Journalism Academy.
Our promised brief was to help you get published. We require your help to accomplish this.
This is the last time I will correspond with you unless you provide us with something constructive to work with.
I am tired of your asking questions to which you have had the answers on several occasions. I am tired of your refusing to accept my help and professional comment. If you continue in this way you can scour the planet and not find an editor who will deal with you.
However, you now say you don’t have time to deal with editors and want International News Syndicate Limited to do the job for you.
This was never the intention. You were told; there is no substitute for making your own contacts and most editors prefer to deal directly with journalists so they can make suggestions about story content. Your Course also made exhaustive comment about this and advised how to approach media buyers and pitch your stories. Our original promotional material also stressed this approach and promised this information – information which was delivered.
You have also been told International News Syndicate does not believe the two stories you submitted were suitable for syndication. You have been told this decision is final. You have been told INS does do not offer literary criticism. However this courtesy was extended to you to attempt to show you where you had gone wrong. I, personally, spent more than an hour reading your copy, identifying mistakes and highlighting them in blue. These were grammatical errors, spelling errors and the error of making unnecessary comment. Forget the issue you are making of “political comment”, I am referring to unnecessary comment in general – a significant amount being inaccurate and unbalanced. I can waste no further time on these stories. I have been a professional journalist for more than 35 years and am beginning to resent your inability to accept help or advice.
You have indicated you intend sending more material in similar vein, this latest communication being Part 1 of 2. If this is subsequently what you send I will not read it beyond establishing you are on the same subject.
In my next e-mail, I will examine in detail the statements you made re my articles “Understand China” and let you know that, many of the comments you made were unfair, bias, and uninformed at your end.
Be warned. Don’t do this. I will make no further comment other than what I already have. You’ll not find an editor who will bother debating with you. If you insist on pursuing this subject, our correspondence is ended.
You write about “freedom of speech” in respect to your accessing the INS website. This is offensive nonsense. Nobody can access the site at present - whether or not the INS website carries a message advising this. The site is undergoing a large redevelopment and is not functioning. In a letter dated 26 February 2009 I advised you for the third time:
“You asked about the state of our website. It is going through a significant up-date. In the meantime we are using the same syndication methods we have used for the past 20 years. When we receive an accredited journalist’s submission, we assess the material and communicate directly by e-mail with all editors and media buyers who might be interested in purchase. For example if we were dealing with a new and appropriate article on “women’s health”, we would e-mail to the editors of all women’s and lifestyle magazines together with news-editors of metropolitan newspapers. We are in a position to directly contact some 25,000 newspaper and magazine editors. But we do not deal with media markets that do not pay a word rate of less than AUD 40 cents a word.”
You have also been provided with log-in details for when the site is live again.
We have issued you with a Diploma and accredited you with International News Syndicate Limited. To answer your question, we recognise your accreditation.
Now, all you have to do is send something suitable for syndication. Or, better still, market the material yourself as you were repeatedly advised to do.
In this latest letter you ask:
Questions: So, why can’t I have my web listing now? Why can’t I enjoy the entitlements as an accredited freelance journalist like others now?
Now you have been told again, you have not been singled out and I hope this further correspondence ends this subject.
You also say:
In your website, it was mentioned that, you have “freelancers in 80 countries and territories”. If everybody like myself have to submit articles to email@example.com
<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> for your personal screening and approval. I cannot imagine you still have time left to do anything else.
This is totally wrong. We say we have trained students in more than 80 countries and territories. You are establishing a pattern of getting things wrong. Only a tiny minority of our graduates want their material syndicated. They read the Course and know better. They market their own material, often with great success. Are you so full of your own self-worth you failed to comprehend what was told you frequently throughout the Course: “Get used to rejection, even the best writers are rejected.”
You also say:
I have shown your detail remarks re “political comment” to an Australia born freelance writer this morning. He says that you have effectively make me a “news reporter”. That is, “person who don’t require to think, just report.”
What a sad comment for this person to make. I would imagine he/she has been highly successful as a freelance writer. Or, would I be looking at a blank resume? Incidentally, why specify “Australia born” (sic). I presume you mean “Australian born”?
Last week, when I sent my son to school, on the way to work, I saw a man in his 30th, standing right next to his car at the side of a busy road with a big sign “I want to Work!” . He has done that continuously for 4 days. I felt like doing something to help him by taking a photo of him and writing his story to inspire people who recently lost their job or about to lose their job in this recession to be positive and self motivated. Unfortunately, due to the fact that you deprive me from my entitlements, I am unable to do something to help that man.
This could be a suitable story for your local or metropolitan paper.
But, can you possibly understand this is not a good article for syndication? A British or US editor, for that matter any editor outside of Australia, would have no interest in this man seeking work or the method he is using. There are millions unemployed in all countries.
Notwithstanding, this could be an acceptable human interest story if:
1. You can obtain a publishable photograph.
2. Do appropriate research. Establish how long the man has been
out of work, has he had any interest in his sign, etc?
3. Get some good quotes from the party concerned.
4. Avoid you own superfluous comment.
Be assured we will continue to work with you to help you get published.
But only if you follow our proven guidelines and accept our help and advice. To be truthful, I am beginning to believe this might be beyond you.
It is now your choice.
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